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Gaia

Gaia

Gaia

“Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the Earth. All things are connected.”,

declared Indian Chief Seattle in response to the proposed treaty to purchase part of their land made by the president of the United States in 1854.

We are part of the earth and it is part of us…man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it.

Over a hundred years later, a scientist proposed a vision of the planet that confirms the words of the Indian chief.

At the end of the 1960s, James Lovelock published an article in which he defended the idea that the Earth is capable of autoregulating its chemical processes and its temperature. It would work as an interconnected system, a cybernetic system of control, where life, or biosphere, influences and is influenced by the atmosphere, water, soil and part of the terrestrial crust, regulating the climate to an adequate level for its maintenance.

This view of life on the planet as a single system he called the Gaia Hypothesis (later the Gaia Theory) in reference to the ancient Greeks’ name for the Earth goddess, mother of all other living beings.

When published, the idea was rejected by the scientific community and labeled pseudoscience, mainly due to the claim to the Earth being a living superorganism and by admitting that beings evolve regardless of their environment, which contradicts the Darwinian theory of natural selection.

Today it is certain that organisms evolve through Darwinian natural selection in an environment that is the product of their ancestors, and not simply a historical geologic consequence of the Earth. They adapt not to a static world, but to a dynamic world, built by the organisms themselves, in a system of self-regulation. They evolve independent of their environment, but are part of a greater whole, that includes the physical and chemical environments, that they alter and that influence them.

Many researchers maintain that this self-regulation is only possible by the perfect collaboration between the elements of the system, natural selection being a kind of protection network to improve the species so they act in a harmonic way. The greater the complexity of a system, the more collaborative work is needed.

As in nature, our body also works in a collaborative system. Each cell has in itself the potential to produce all tissues, but obeys a program, exerting a small portion of its potentiality. Each cell and organ exercise their function harmonically, aiming at maintaining the balance of the whole body.

When a cell begins to behave outside its programming, by multiplying, it forms a group of cells that start to work completely independently of the needs of the body, and compromise the harmony of the body in such a way that may cause its destruction.  To that we give the name cancer.

This is a clear example of how much a behavior that doesn’t take into consideration the need of the whole, characteristic of egoism, can compromise the harmony, the health and the very survival of a system. This leads us to the realization of how destructive selfishness can be, constituting an anomaly of nature.

For a long time, western man saw himself as apart from nature, often as a mere observer. Science has proven the contrary, like quantum physics, by proving that the electron can behave as a particle or a wave, depending on the observer.

Today, the influence that living beings – especially humans – have on the planet, its destiny or even its survival is also undeniable.

In the end, chief Seattle’s words are more current than ever before:

“…We are part of the earth, and it is part of us…”

As well as the millennial phrase attributed to Hermes Trismegistus

“…as within, so without…”

Bibliographic References:

Letter from Chief Seattle to the president of the United States of America, 1854

Cybernetics, Portal São Francisco, November 2015.

Leão, I.Z.C.C, Maia, M.M – The Theory of Gaia, Revista Economia & Tecnologia, Year 6, Vol. 21, April/June 2010.

Nunes Neto, N.F., Lima-Tavares, M. El-Hani, C.N. Gaia theory, from pseudoscientific idea to respectable theory. https://www.ecodebate.com.br

Antonio Donato Nobre, in a lecture at the Biosphere event, held by the Wild Studies Cycle, Rio de Janeiro, November 2019.

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Hello !

Welcome to the internal Home Page of the PRÓ-VIDA website. In this environment you will find information about our movement, such as the activities calendar, news and content that may be of interest to you.

Where to find the activities?

You will find the activities calendar right at the top of the home page and, to see all the available activities, just click on “See full calendar”.

The activities are organized by language, time zone, modality (in person, online, or remote in-center), and categories:

  • BAS, AV1 and INT weeks
  • Exercises and Training
  • Lectures and Talks
  • Advanced Levels
  • CGD (General Center for the Tithe)
  • Departments

What activities can I participate in?

You will be able to participate in all available activities, according to your level. They are identified in the calendar by a stripe with the color of the level, on the left side of the activity name.

Basic Level

Every Monday, online Basic Level activities are available. They are offered in four languages ​​(Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and English) and different time zones.

In addition, starting at the Basic Level, you will be able to participate in all the activities identified with the following colors:

Weeks, lectures and exercises aimed at participants from the Basic Level and up.

Here you can find activities such as Keeping in Touch, celebrations, and ceremonies.

Activities carried out by PRÓ-VIDA Departments, such as lectures, presentations and studies.

Check the calendar for upcoming activities and check their times.

Advanced 1​ Level

Activities for the Advanced 1 Level and up are also available for those who have completed that level

Weeks, lectures, exercises and talks for participants from Advanced 1 Level and up.

Introduction Level

For those at the Introduction Level, also the following activities are available:

Weeks, lectures, exercises, and talks for participants from the Introduction Level and up.

Activity for all PRÓ-VIDA participants, starting at the Introduction Level.

Advanced 2SC Level

From Advanced 2 Level and up, the following activities are also available:

Weeks, lectures, exercises and talks for participants from the Advanced 2SC Level and up.

How to browse the site?

Navigate through the pages and contents of the site by clicking the links on the top golden bar or the “hamburger button” (≡), located in the upper left corner.

In addition to content and articles on various topics, you will be able to access some important areas for your participation in the activities:

Online Activities: It’s the place where you will access the activities that will be transmitted in the online modality.

Participant’s Area: It gathers information about your registration and your level in PRÓ-VIDA.

Need help?

If you need help, or to clarify any questions, contact our support by e-mail: foundation.secretary@provida.net.

Modalities of PRÓ-VIDA activities

In-person

Presenter in-center

Participants in-center

This is a live activity carried out in one of the PRÓ-VIDA Centers with both the presenter and the enrolled participants attending in-person.

Remote in-center

Remote presenter

Participants in-center

The activity is transmitted live from one of the PRÓ-VIDA studios to several Centers where the participants are attending in-person. It allows the presenter and the participants to interact despite the fact that the presenter is in a remote location. 

Online

Online presenter

Online participants

The activity is transmitted live from one of the PRÓ-VIDA studios and enables interaction between participants and the presenter in a virtual environment.

To learn more about the modalities, talk to a PRÓ-VIDA representative by chat or email secretaria@provida.net (for Brazil residents) or foundation.secretary@provida.net (for residents in other countries).

SEG    SEX

22-26

NOV    NOV

Online

Semana de Avançado 1

PT

Será transmitido nos idiomas e horários locais:

PORTUGUÊS - COM INTERAÇÃO

Segunda a sexta-feira

às 20h30*

Hora de São Paulo

*A atividade tem duração aproximada de 3 horas.

Para saber como participar, clique abaixo.

MON    FRI

06-10

DEC    DEC

Online

Semana de Introdução

PT

It will be transmitted in the following language ​​and times:

PORTUGUESE - WITH INTERACTION

Monday to Friday

at 8:30 p.m.*

Time Zone: (UTC-03:00) Brasilia

*The activity lasts approximately 3 hours.

To find out how to participate, click below.

No registrations will be made on the weekend before the activity, or in the week it takes place.

SEG    SEX

25-29

OUT    OUT

Online

Semana de Avançado 1

PT

Será transmitido nos idiomas e horários locais:

PORTUGUÊS - COM INTERAÇÃO

Segunda a sexta-feira

às 20h30*

Hora de São Paulo

*A atividade tem duração aproximada de 3 horas.

Para saber como participar, clique abaixo.

SEG    DOM

08-14

NOV    NOV

Online

Semana de Básico

PT

Será transmitido nos idiomas e horários locais:

PORTUGUÊS - COM INTERAÇÃO

Segunda a sexta-feira

às 20h30*

Sábado

às 14h30*

Domingo

às 10h00*

Hora de São Paulo

*A atividade tem duração aproximada de 3 horas.

Para saber como participar, clique abaixo.

*Para repetição oficial, participantes que estão retornando ou em R.A., em breve mais informações.

Requisitos técnicos indispensáveis

Gostaríamos de informar que, para a participação no Básico on-line, são indispensáveis os seguintes requisitos mínimos:

Computador (Windows/Mac)

Computador com câmera integrada ou conectada por entrada USB.

As atividades não poderão ser assistidas por nenhum outro dispositivo, tais como celulares, smartphones e tablets ou computadores com outros sistemas operacionais.

Especificações e Sistema Operacional

• Processador: Intel Core i3, i5 e i7 – 3100 Series , ou superior.

• Memória RAM: 4GB, ou superior.

• Sistema Operacional:

• Windows 7 com todas as atualizações, ou versão superior (somente 64 bits).

• MacOS 10.15 Catalina, ou versão superior.

Verifique as configurações de seu computador Windows clicando aqui.

Como verificar suas especificações no Mac? Clique aqui.

Fones de ouvido com microfone (headset)

Modelos homologados para uso com nossa plataforma.

Consulte a lista de headsets homologados:

Internet

Banda larga com conexão estável, com no mínimo 10MB de download e 4MB de upload.

Como verificar sua banda de internet? Clique aqui para testa-la.

* Os requisitos técnicos poderão ser atualizados. Acompanhe aqui eventuais alterações.

Fones de ouvido homologados

Marca

Modelo

Tipo

Bose

Quiet Comfort 35 Stereo

USB e Bluetooth

Dell

Pro Stereo Headset UC150

USB

Jabra

BLZ 2400 II

USB

Jabra

Evolve 20 MS

USB

Jabra

Evolve 75

USB e Bluetooth

Jabra

UC Voice 550a MS Mono

USB

JBL

Everest Elite 750NC Stereo

Bluetooth

Logitech

Headset H390

USB

Logitech

Stereo H650e

USB

Microsoft

LifeChat LX-3000

USB

Microsoft

LifeChat LX-6000

USB

Plantronics

Blackwire 320

USB

Plantronics

Blackwire 3220 Series

USB

Plantronics

Blackwire C220

USB

Plantronics

Audio 628 USB

USB

Samsung

USBC Headset

USB

Sony

WH-CH700N

USB

Sony

Headset Pulse 7.1

USB

Sony

WH-XB900N

Bluetooth

Atualização: 11.06.2021

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Uso de Máscaras

Cobrindo a boca e o nariz. Usar o tempo todo.
Evitar tocar a boca, o nariz e os olhos.

Distanciamento

Mínimo de 2 metros

Mãos

Lavar frequentemente ou higienizar com álcool em gel.

Etiqueta Respiratória

Ao espirrar ou tossir, proteger a boca e o nariz com o cotovelo, ou usar lenço descartável.

Sintomas

Se apresentar sintomas, ficar em casa e buscar atendimento médico.